Which medications are used in the treatment of Takayasu arteritis?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The goals of therapy in Takayasu arteritis are to reduce inflammation and suppress autoimmune disease. To treat the active disease, corticosteroids are used and gradually tapered. Cytotoxic agents such methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide are the main therapeutic agents when the response to steroids is unsatisfactory. As previously mentioned, anti–tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents have shown encouraging results in a small number of patients with relapsing Takayasu arteritis. [47]


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